On Thursday, Lorenzo Brown arrived at the Hershey Centre in the early morning to get set for a noon tip against Santa Cruz. In front of a veritable throng of scouts at the G-League Showcase, Brown put on a show (case) – 24 points, 12 assists, all in that calm, cerebral fashion we’ve grown accustomed to from the two-time G-League All Star.
After a lovely siesta in Barcelona, we’re back to dive into some more game tape. Coming into Saturday’s contest against the Mad Ants of Fort Wayne, Kennedy Meeks was putting up very respectable averages of 11.6 points on 45.9 FG%, to go with 8.5 boards – 3.6 on the offensive glass, which is where we begin our analysis.
The conventional wisdom states that defence and offensive rebounding are all, or at least mostly, about effort. While “trying” is certainly a part of it, there’s skill to creating extra possessions off missed shots, and Meeks has it. Continue reading “Kennedy Meeks Revisited”
Undrafted free agent Kennedy Meeks seems the prototype for NBA players being phased out of the game – lumbering, over-sized power forward, undersized centre (6’9, 277 pounds) without a reliable three point shot (he didn’t make a single three at North Carolina).
I imagine Masai Ujiri was intrigued by the post game and touch around the rim (shot 56% in his senior year at UNC), and his Herculean effort on the glass in the Final Four and National Championship Game, where he grabbed a combined 12 offensive rebounds. I’d like to figure out what the Raptors saw in a seemingly massive project. Continue reading “Who is Kennedy Meeks in the NBA?”
With Lorenzo Brown joining the Big Raptors, we shift our focus to 6’8 forward Alfonzo McKinnie. McKinnie went undrafted in 2015, then spent a year with the East Side Pirates in Luxembourg. After that, he PAID $150 to try out for the Windy City Bulls of the G-League.
With confirmation bias in full effect, I watched Lorenzo Brown’s last two games with great interest. A summary of our previous findings:
-fluid ball handler who can score from anywhere on the floor
-makes his defender play at his pace, not having to speed up his game
-seems a capable passer, but takes undue risks leading to many turnovers
-drifts on defence to inefficient help spots, leading to his man getting open looks or easy blow-by’s on poor closeouts.